Funders meet in High Country

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Southeastern Council of Foundations’ 46th Annual Meeting, “Bridging the Gap — Finding Common Ground to Create Uncommon Opportunity,” will be held from Nov. 11-13 at the Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave.

A variety of educational and social programs are slated for the three-day conference.

The organization strives to support members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives.

During the event, Funders for LGBTQ Issues will hold its Second Annual Out in the South reception in conjunction with thr conference on Nov. 12, 6 p.m., in the Vanderbilt Gallery.

Network members and meeting attendees will gather with one another and receive the just released “Out in the South” report. The communique is comprised of a series of short four-page resources outlining how LGBT communities are connected to various issues and priorities that impassion funders, such as education, health, poverty, youth development, social justice, HIV/AIDS, policy change and the arts.

On Nov. 13, the Out in the South Network lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Room.

Participants will take time to learn from colleagues throughout the region who are building community-driven funding initiatives and honing grantmaking strategies to make a positive impact on the lives of LGBT Southerners.

Conference attendees and Funders’ members can attend the reception freely. The lunch requires an RSVP to Chantelle Fisher-Bourne at

Hotel and conference registration, including cost, is available online, as well as full agenda details, speaker bios and more.


Survivor’s exhibit approaches

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The 14th Annual Survivor’s Art Show will be held on Nov. 12 at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St.

Public viewing is slated for 5:30 p.m., with visual and performance art following at 7 p.m.

The exhibit is part of the Our VOICE Heart Works’ initiative which features creative endeavors from the organization’s clients and others throughout the community who have been affected by sexual violence. The works are part of the healing process for many while they share their experiences.

Featured artist is Jean Wall Penland. Performances and works are also being showcased by Womansong, Cynthia Yancey, Daniel Barber, Majo Madden, Community Choreography Projects and Christine Garvin.

Statistics shared by Our VOICE say that during a lifetime, one in eight lesbian women experiences sexual assault, one in two bisexual women experiences rape and 64 percent of transgender people have experienced sexual assault. One in two bisexual men and one in 10 gay men experiences sexual violence.

Wine and snacks will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

Other events that the agency holds during the year include: Walk-A-Mile Asheville in April as part of the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence; W.E.A.R Asheville (We Each Are Responsible) benefit held in the winter where attendees can purchase a ticket and then pick out a piece of handmade jewelry to take home; and Nourish the Soul postcard project where women create handmade works of art in the form of postcards that are placed in hospital bags and given to victims of rape and sexual assault in a local hospital emergency room.

Our VOICE is located at 44 Merrimon Ave., Suite 1.


Group helps and remembers

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — LGBTQJew has scheduled events in November to serve and remember community members.

On Nov. 15, 9 a.m., at the Steadfast House, 141 Hillside St., the group will make and serve a hot meal to women and children of the facility.

On Nov. 21, 7 p.m., it will participate in the Asheville Transgender Day of Remembrance at Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

Participants will meet at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. and march to the park. Hot beverages will be provided and afterward, will gather at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Rd., for camaraderie and option discussions concerning resiliency. On hand will be local gender specialists who will provide support.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.